Saturday 31 December 2016

Mission Inspiration: December 2016

I'm taking a break from the hobby coaster posts (last part tomorrow) to share my last Mission Inspiration page for 2016.  I wanted to make sure that I finished before the new year.  Although I only started my MI journey in August I have completed each month since so didn't want to fall short right at the end of the year.  I have thoroughly enjoyed following the prompts and will certainly be continuing the journey in 2017.  Thanks to Mike Dean!
Step 1
Step 1: Cover your page with book page fragments.  For this step I used pages from a biography of Byron which I bought from the library sale for this exact purpose.  I tore the pages into random shapes and sizes and used some pieces of the Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap (Dictionary - now sadly discontinued) interspersed between.

Step 2
Step 2: Add thin layer of paint or gesso.  For this I used Pebeo white gesso applied neat but spread thinly so that the page fragments below could still be seen.

Step 3

Step 3: Apply texture paste through a stencil.  I took a leaf out of Mike Dean's book for this and decided to go with a music stencil.  However I wanted the actual notes and staves to be raised, so used the Mini Sheet Music stencil by The Crafters' Workshop.  I also wanted to bring some colour into the page, so used the gold Dreamweaver embossing paste to randomly add sections of the music. 
Step 4

Step 4: Spritz with ink or colour.  For this step I used some Frosty Blue Mica Mist by 'That Special Touch of' and added a little Stormy Sky distress spray for added depth.

Step 5
Step 5: Add patterned paper shapes.  As I had already prepared my focal image ready for step 7, I knew that I would need some green to balance out the colour palette.  I chose a number of patterned and plain papers from my bit box in a mixture of blues and greens to tie in and cut various sized triangles to mimic the shape of trees.  These were glued down using Tim Holtz Matte Collage Medium, although I had to take care not to lift the spritzed colour by using too much.
Step 6

Step 6: Add journaling or scribbles.  For this step I only added scribbled gold outlines to the green patterned paper and wrote some festive words along the sides of the plain trees, to tie in with the gold of the embossing paste.  I really don't like my handwriting and I think that I could have taken a lot more care with the words!


Step 7
Step 7: Add a festive focal image or two.  This step was actually the first one which I completed on a separate piece of Sheena's stamping card.  The Christmas Angel by Kanban was stamped in Black Onyx versafine ink and heat embossed using holographic embossing powder, as was the bird.  These were coloured using a mix of Chameleon pens and distress markers and fussy cut.  Once added to the page, I added some Stormy Sky distress marker to the snow to tie in with the background a little more.
Step 8

Step 8: Add a little bling or sparkle.  The snow was crying out for some glamour dust, but I also found some tiny sparkly green snowflake stickers which I added randomly to tie the whole colour scheme together.

Step 9

Step 9: Add a title or quote.  For this step four random but fitting quotes were chosen from the Small Talk sticker book from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology range.  They express how I feel about this page and my continuing art journal journey for 2017. 

Step 10
Step 10: Finish with a border of your choice.  I didn't want to add any more detail to the page, so kept the border simple; an outline of Phthalo Blue acrylic paint applied with a small brush.

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